By Series - Pain Management

Pain Management

Friday

March 8, 2013

Fri, Mar 08

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 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12˸9

Think

We don’t normally associate pain with influence.  According to our world, pain makes us vulnerable, being vulnerable is admitting to weakness, and admitting weakness is negative.  The reality is, though, there is serious influence attached to our pain.  Pain connects us to others and provides a common ground that bridges the gap between our lives and the lives of others. In other words, our pain can open doors for us to help other people.

Everyone you meet is either processing pain, preparing for pain or overcoming pain. Since God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness, when we experience pain, He is able to shine His light through our lives. Are you making the most of opportunities to help others through the same pain you may have faced?

Pray

Pray for God to show you opportunities through your pain. Ask Him to work through your personal moments of darkness, so that others will be able to see Jesus in your life, even in times of pain.

Act

This weekend at Fellowship Church, we are going to experience what Pastor Ed has called “one of the top five messages” he has ever heard. Make sure you invite everyone you know to attend any of our experiences or experience it at Fellowship Live. Everyone you know can hear this message…and they need to!

Thursday

March 7, 2013

Thu, Mar 07

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“…because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5˸3-4

Think

When we face painful situations or circumstances, our reactions can vary. But if we have a foundation of faith in Jesus, we have an understanding that our pain is not pointless. We can have faith that, as the Bible says, God can use to help us become the people we need to be. That includes the pain in our lives.

In today’s verse, we see a clear purpose behind pain. Pain produces those things in our lives that we may not develop as quickly or as fully as we do when we face trials, suffering, and pain. Do you look at your pain as a pathway to perseverance, character, and hope?

Pray

Ask God to help you have the right perspective when it comes to the painful situations you face. Ask Him to use those times to create the kind of perseverance, character, and hope that He wants you to have.

Act

Write down one painful memory from your past. Then, think about what developed in your life as a result of that time. Focus on the positive outcomes that resulted and the opportunities God gave you to grow. Use that as a foundation for the next time you face pain.

Wednesday

March 6, 2013

Wed, Mar 06

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Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5˸1

Think

We all know that pain is a reality of life. But where does pain come from? Where does this inescapable reality originate? After all, there’s got to be a source for pain. Some would argue that God causes pain, but the truth is much different. The source of pain in our world is sin.

The fall of man created division between us and God and became the source of our pain.  When we were born into this world, we were born at war with God. But the good news is that we don’t have to remain in that state. 

Jesus experienced the ultimate pain on the cross so that we could experience the ultimate life – a life in eternity with God that is void of the pain we endure while we are on earth. As we read in today’s verse, this is a life promised to all who accept Jesus as Lord and become followers of Christ.

Pray

Pray that God would surround you with the people He desires to be in your life. Ask Him how you can get plugged into and involved in the local church.

Act

As you experience pain in life, remember to first turn to God, who is the source of healing. Next, connect with other believers and lean of the strength and support of the body of Christ.  Member Care

Tuesday

March 5, 2013

Tue, Mar 05

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Not only so but we also rejoice in our sufferings because we know that sufferings produce perseverance; perseverance character, and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5˸3-4

Think

No Pain. No Gain. For most of us, we have heard this before as it has been the motto for exercise and physical training across the world.  Yet for Christians, this same mantra holds true in our walk of faith.  Pain is a prerequisite to life and more times than not, it’s the precursor to strengthening our faith.

This simple truth brings new meaning to the pain we are experiencing.  You can learn more in times of defeat than in times of victory.  This is true in relation to pain as well. We often learn more about God and grow stronger in our faith during times of hurt, headache, and pain.  Are you growing in times of pain? Or are you allowing them to stifle you and paralyze you? Make sure you turn to God and allow Him to grow your strength…even in times of pain.

Pray

Pray that God would help you grow stronger as result of any pain. And ask Him to help your circumstance become an avenue to get better and not bitter. 

Act

While no one enjoys pain or wants to be a part of a painful situation, you can know and embrace the inescapable truth that pain will occur.  Write today’s verse on a sheet of paper that you can carry with you and refer to any time you face a painful situation.

Monday

March 4, 2013

Mon, Mar 04

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For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. Psalm 22˸24

Think

People don’t typically question the existence of pain; it’s part of life. However, the purpose of pain is brought into question often. We hear (or ask), “How could a good God allow pain and suffering to exist?” When that question is asked, the person asking is trying to remove God from the equation of life. But the truth is that pain and suffering are often the very things that draw us to God.

C.S. Lewis said, “Pain is the megaphone God uses to rouse a deaf world.” When you face pain in your life (and you will) rather than asking “Why?” look at it from another perspective and ask God, “What now?” While shifting your perspective won’t make the pain go away, it will help you to see that God may have a purpose beyond your understanding.

Pray

When you face a painful time in your life, ask God for His help. Don’t question God’s existence. Instead, rely on His strength for the courage to move through the pain.

Act

Do a pain audit. Write a list of those times in your life that were the most difficult. Then, through the lens of hindsight, write how God helped you through those times. Refer to this list when you face difficult times in the future.